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Dead Man's Shoes and This Is England director Shane Meadows takes the helm for this monochromatic childhood drama concerning two young friends living in London, and their efforts not to turn out like their aimless fathers. Tomo has just turned 16, and as a result he's no longer under parental care. Eager to escape the Midlands and seek out a better life in London, Tomo sets out for the big city and strikes up a friendship with Polish immigrant Marek while traversing the streets of Somers Town. Marek is a quiet and sensitive boy who harbors a growing interest in photography and still… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"Turgoose continues to convince as a kid whose personality wavers daily if not hourly, while Jagiello playfully suggests that Marek is becoming the perfect straight man."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"However thin, the story of these rootless youths, estranged from mothers and native cities, has a certain universality and appeal."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Shares a gentle, observant tone with the early films of Ken Loach."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Nothing much happens, but its workaday plot lines are universally relatable -- the key to keeping this slight film engaging."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Shot in the same beautifully desolate black-and-white as Meadows' boxing film TwentyFourSeven, Somers Town takes on the feel of dreamlike instant nostalgia."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Somers Town is a small-scale jewel that will surprise you with its buoyant look at blighted lives."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"A small but important film about small but important lives, the latest drama from Shane Meadows further confirms that more people should know about this gifted director."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A verite touch of observation, Somers Town is kind and airy, a perfect cinematic meal for someone in need of small pleasures, explored through Meadows's undeniable taste in locations and near-masterful work with actors."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Somers Town is gentle, funny, blue-collar humanism, much like the early films of Ken Loach."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"As in all of Meadows's films, Somers Town emphasizes the importance of character and particularly of camaraderie amongst male characters--here, teenagers who nick clothes from the local laundry, get drunk in the park, and furtively investigate masculinity"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Reverse Shot
"Somers Town is a funny and endearing character comedy whose extra-brief, 70-minute running time proves perfectly adequate for its slender, episodic story."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It is proof that there are all sorts of teenage lives going on in Britain, and sometimes, their most magical moments take place on dead-end streets."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"...Meadows' method of working with improvised scenes shot in long takes gives it a sense of emotional truth which is lacking in many more ambitious films."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Meadows gives his film so much forward thrust it feels like a road movie as it follows the ramblings of his two young leads."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
" times reminiscent of "Y Tu Mama Tambien.""
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
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